Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Action Figure Review: Starfire from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    I know that I've been making my way through the most recent (and final) series of DC Comics Multiverse figures lately but I am going to take a brief detour and check out a couple figures that were released earlier this year. Starfire is from the Ninja Batman Collect & Connect series which ended up being rather difficult to get a hold of due to the poor distribution this line has suffered for the past few years. Starfire was a must buy for me, particularly because Mattel's DC Universe Classics release was pretty disappointing. This one's a lot better though and while it doesn't feature Koriand'r's classic costume, it does feature her modern costume which is really, really nice. Honestly, I'm a big fan of this look. My daughter was really into the DC Super Hero girls line which used a similar outfit, so I've wanted this look for Starfire in my preferred DC line for a few years now. I actually preordered Starfire through Amazon months ago but she finally showed up at the end of September. Let's take a look at her after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Jason Voorhees from Toony Terrors by NECA

    We're creeping closer and closer to Halloween and today I've got another cool new figure to check out: Jason Voorhees from NECA's Toony Terrors! I checked out Freddy Krueger earlier this month but, if you somehow missed that review, Toony Terrors are stylized renditions of some of the A-listers of slasher and horror cinema designed to look like the starts of a Saturday morning cartoon. Imagine that there had been a Friday the 13th animated cartoon in the 1980s, or even better yet an ensemble show with Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and Leatherface solving mysteries: This is what they would have looked like! It's a pretty cool approach and NECA has done a darn fine job with this line. I bought Freddy back in August sometime but these guys soon became rather scarce. Target seemed to restock them again near the end of September, which is when I finally stumbled upon Jason. Ready for a look at the most classic slasher star there is (I like Michael Myers more than anyone, but Jason is definitely the first person anyone thinks of when they think of a slasher movie star)? Then get your ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma on and let's check him out after the break...

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Action Figure Review: Leviathan from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

    Are you ready for another review from Jazware's excellent Fortnite: Legendary Series? Of course you are! Today I'm checking out the incredibly crazy cool fishman Leviathan. Leviathan appears to be a fish of some sort chilling out in the glass globe helmet of a diving suit. Pretty funky, right? I see all sorts of possible sources of inspiration here including Fearless Fish from Sweet Pickles, Bob the Killer Goldfish from Earthworm Jim, and apparently Minion from Megamind (I also see elements of both Johann Kraus and Abe Sapien, too, though that just might be me). This guy is easily one of the coolest looking figures from Series II of this line and he's been hitting stores for around a month or so. Let's check out Leviathan after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Bride of Frankenstein from Universal Studios Monsters Mystery Minis by Funko

    Who would have thought that the Bride of Frankenstein would get two appearances on The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror? Funko recently released these very cool Universal Monsters Mystery Minis and I stumbled upon them while checking out a Halloween City store. Yes, my smaller city just got out own Halloween City pop-up store. It's the first of these kinds of stores we've had in the 12 years I've lived here and it's already made Halloween 2019 one to remember. There's nothing like being able to hop in the car and run over to Halloween City to get a quick dose of spookiness! We checked this out back in late September when it first opened and they had a fresh case of these Universal Monsters Mystery Minis set out. I decided to go with just one since they can be unevenly packed to a case (they have lots of figures with rarities like 1/36 and 1/72, meaning that I definitely was not going to buy case. If they'd all been packed 1/12, I definitely would have grabbed the case and took it right up to the register. Anyways, let's check out the iconic Bride of Frankenstein after the break...

Monday, October 21, 2019

Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Second Sister Inquisitor from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Triple Force Friday 2019 earned it's name because it included product not just from the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker but also merchandise from the upcoming Disney+ show the Mandalorian and the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. Today I'm checking out the Second Sister, one of the Inquisitorius from Jedi: Fallen Order. GameStop has an exclusive Carbonized Graphite variant of the character but I passed her up and just went with the standard figure. The Inquisitors first showed up in Rebels but now they're making their way into more areas of the Star Wars Galaxy. The Second Sister is a new character (different from the Seventh Sister from Rebels) who actually appeared in an issue of the Darth Vader comic series last year. Of course, Jedi: Fallen Order is going to be her first real hurrah so let's get a jump on checking out a new evil Star Wars villain after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers from Halloween: Mezco Designer Series by Mezco

   There's someone who usually makes some sort of  appearance during 31 Days of Toy Terror: Michael Myers! Michael may show up more than once this year as well, if things work out according to plan! For today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm checking out a very cool new Michael Myers figure from the Mezco Designer Series. I actually reviewed the Sam in this style back in 2017 so I was familiar with the line. I really liked Sam, but let me tell you: Michael Myers is even better! Mezco has definitely added in more articulation here making him even more fun to play with and display. Michael Myers is one of the undisputed Halloween icons (I put him up there with Sam, Jack the Pumpkin King, Elvira, and David S. Pumpkins) and this is his season, so let's let him loose, shall we? More after the break...

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Action Figure Review: Red Robin from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out the fifth figure in Mattel's final series of DC Comics Multiverse figures and this time it's Tim Drake in his Red Robin Disguise. Having worn the tights since 1989, Tim Drake was Robin when Mattel began releasing DC Comics figures in 2003 (though Stephanie Brown took on the role for a while in 2004) and he held the title until 2009 when he became Red Robin after Battle for the Cowl (Damian Wayne stepped in as Robin at that point). When Mattel released Robin for the first time in DCUC, it was Tim in his then recent red and black outfit and in 2012 they released him in an earlier Red Robin costume. This is his most recent look, however, and makes for a great figure to further fill out the batfamily. While Mattel has neglected lots of older teams like the New Gods, the JSA, and previous Justice Leagues, they've been good about filling out the bat-family over the past two or three years. Let's check out Red Robin after the break and see how he stacks up among the other figures in this series.

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Pennywise (with Beaver Hat) #779 from It: Chapter Two from POP! Movies by Funko

    Holy moly! It's a Stephen King POP! trifecta! I assure you, this wasn't planned! It was just a happy accident! Today I'm checking out a cool POP! vinyl I was surprised with for my birthday back in September: The FYE exclusive Pennywise with Beaver Hat. Coming from the excellent It: Chapter Two, this version of Pennywise features the character holding one of the "I Love Derry" hats from the film that's meant to look like a beaver. It's an interesting looking POP! featuring a cool prop from the film and I was pretty surprised to get it as a gift. Let's take a look at Pennywise for today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy terror, shall we?

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Clone Commander Fox from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

 Triple Force Friday was about two weeks ago and, like many other Force Fridays before it in recent memory, it was pretty hit or miss. Most places didn't seem to get much stock in (Frozen II definitely got all of the attention) and a couple Wal-Marts I checked out looked at me like I had two heads when I asked where the Star Wars stuff was (they didn't know of anything coming out, I was told). I did make a few purchases, though, and mostly from GameStop. Folks, I know gamers give GameStop a hard time, but they're a fantastic store for action figure collectors: Nice exclusives, they carry stuff at retail no one else currently does, they have a good rewards system, and you can preorder stuff. The three GameStops I frequent have nothing but helpful staff who know me on a first name basis, fuss over my little kid (they always show her the new Pokemon stuff), and sometimes hold back stuff for me they think I might be interested in. If it weren't for GameStop my Triple Force Friday would have been a bust! One of the figures I picked up on Triple Force Friday was the GameStop exclusive Clone Commander Fox from the Black Series. Commander Fox, AKA CC-1010, is the Commander of the Coruscant Guard, a division of shocktroopers stationed on Coruscant to provide security to the capital of the Galactic Republic. I'm always down for a new Clone Trooper so Clone Commander Fox was my first pickup on Triple Force Friday. We've had the Coruscant Guard troopers since 2016 so it's nice to finally have Commander Fox to lead them. Let's check him out after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Gage & Church #729 from Pet Sematary from POP! Movies by Funko

   Guess what? We're kind of on a mini-streak of creepy Stephen King kids! Today I'm checking out Funko's POP! Gage & Church from Pet Sematary. Based on the 1989 film adaptation (and not the 2019, which was pretty solid, too), Pet Sematary terrified me as a kid. It was one of he first horror movies I ever saw and both Gage Creed and the sister, Zelda, who yells "Rachel! Rachel" terrified me. True story! I had a friend in middle school and one day while we were hanging out, maybe at our neighborhood I ran over to his house to grab something. I think his dad had run to the store or something because no one else was there. As I walked upstairs I heard a voice say "I want to play with you!" I guess a TV had been left on and Pet Sematary was playing but, at the time, I just bolted. It freaked me out! Anyways, now I own a cutesy vinyl of that kid and his undead cat which I'm going to stick on a shelf neck to Jack Torrance from The Shining and Lucy in her witch costume. Weird, huh? Let's hop on and see how Gage fares in The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror...

Friday, October 18, 2019

Action Figure Review: Batman from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   Today I'm checking out the fourth figure in Mattel's last full series of DC Comics Multiverse figures and it's....Batman! C'mon, you knew they weren't going to let a Batman themed series go by without a Batman figure, right? It turns out that there's a catch here, though: This isn't Bruce Wayne! It's actually Dick Grayson from his time wearing the cowl in the Batman: Reborn even that took place after Final Crisis.  As far as I'm aware, this is the first time we've actually gotten a Dick Grayson Batman (I thought this was a Dick Grayson Batman, but I was wrong). That makes this a pretty desirable figure then but, unfortunately, this guy has some issues. I'm usually pretty kind in my reviews, but that's because most of the time I buy stuff I tend to like and that most of the stuff I collect is pretty solid. Unfortunately, this is going to be one of those times that I'm going to be pretty critical. Let's check things out after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Danny Torrance #458 from The Shining from POP! Movies by Funko

    During 2017's The Curse of 31 Days of Toy Terror I reviewed Funko's POP! of Jack Torrance from Stanley's Kubrick's The Shining and today, just a little over 2 years later, I'm reviewing Danny Torrance. About a month or so ago I finally got the chance to read Doctor Sleep and I was very pleased. It was a great book by Stephen King (who nearly always books that you hate to see end) and it got me back in the mood to check out The Shining again. I'm not sure if we'll see any POP! vinyls from Doctor Sleep so this might be the only pop of Danny Torrance we get. The Shining has long been one of my favorite King books and I dreamed about having action figures based on Stephen King properties when I was a young teen just getting into his writings and the films based on them. Danny is an interesting POP! as he's easily the first POP! I can think of from my collection that would be really hard to place unless you knew who it was intended to be. Let's check him out after the break so you can see what I mean...

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Action Figure Review: Faker (Mondo Exclusive) from Masters of the Universe by Mondo

 Variants and repaints are just a part of action figure collecting. Whether you're giving a character a different look or you're creating a new character out of existing parts, variants and repaints allow a company to get more mileage out of molds, which are the most expensive part of action figure production. While some repaints are often looked on with disdain, some grow to legendary status. While the Masters of the Universe line relied quite heavily on reusing parts and variants, Faker is one character who is largely just a repaint, and yet he's nearly treated as another A-list character at this point. I've previously reviewed the first two figures in Mondo's 1/6th scale Masters of the Universe line (He-Man and Skeletor) but this is the first time I'm getting to review one of the Mondo exclusive figures. Yes, this version of Faker has a new headsculpt that is unique to him. Let's take a look at the Mondo exclusive Faker after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Mola Ram from Indiana Jones by Hasbro

    One of my favorite film series of all time is Indiana Jones and while Temple of Doom isn't my favorite now (it's my third favorite), it definitely was my favorite as a kid. I loved tombs and temples and stuff like that, and the fact that most of the film takes place in a giant underground temple thrilled me. I remember watching the movie for the first time, probably on October 1 1989 on ABC, probably when it was an ABC Sunday night movie. I loved the film a lot and was nuts about the main villain, Mola Ram. The Indiana Jones movies, and particularly Temple of Doom, combine a mixture of old fashioned adventure film with horror elements to create something that's shocking, exciting, and fun and man, did Mola Ram make for a shocking and exciting villain. Played by the late Amrish Puri, Mola Ram is a terrifying presence on screen. While Indy has battled his fair share of villains, Mola Ram is definitely the villain who still stands out the most and since he's so darn creepy, he's earning a spot on The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror! Mola Ram was released in the kind of tough to find fourth series of Indiana Jones figures back in 2008. This was the last series of figures with a wide release (the true final wave was released as an SDCC 2011 exclusive) and, sadly, it showed how Hasbro was really improving this line as it went. Hasbro was on fire with this scale back in 2008. Let's check out Mola Ram after the break. Kali maa!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Road to Rise of the Skywalker: Emperor Palpatine and Throne from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    On December 20th, 2019 Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker will hit theaters and it seems like Sheev Palpatine is going to be making a reappearance.I'm pretty excited for that and I'm really, really hoping that an appropriate mixture of material from the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy will make Rise of the Skywalker a satisfying conclusion to the Trilogy of Trilogies, particularly after how disappointed I was by The Last Jedi. Regardless, we're getting some cool merchandise from Hasbro and today I'm checking out the Amazon exclusive Emperor Palpatine and Throne set from Star Wars: The Black Series. Emperor Palpatine was released in the Black Series nearly five years ago (way back in Phase II) but that figure was a little disappointing. Rather than simply re-release him in the Archive Series with a redone headsculpt, Hasbro fixed most of the problems with the original figure, threw in some additional portraits and the Emperor's throne, and are offering him as a deluxe set. Ready to see this new and improved version of the Emperor? Then join me after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Transforming Action Set from Micro Machines: Aliens by Galoob

   I'm very, very excited about today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror as it combines two things I love: Micro Machines and Aliens! Yes, today I'm checking out the Xenomorph shaped Transforming Action Set from Galoob's Micro Machines: Aliens line from 1996. Galoob had amazing success with Star Wars and a moderate success with Star Trek, so they were definitely exploring for another big property. With a renewed interest in science fiction, between 1996 and 1998 Galoob tried to launch multiple successful lines started from a number of properties: Men in Black, Predator, Starship Troopers, Babylon 5, The Terminator, and Aliens. Aliens was definitely my favorite of those properties at the time of release and while I never managed to track down the Action Fleet scaled vehicles, I did manage to get all three of the regular packs and the transforming set. The regular sets probably came out in the summer of 1996 but I definitely got the Transforming Action set in late 1996 or very, very early 1997. I know I got it from a Toys 'r Us and I played with this thing non-stop. While the Micro Machines line didn't contain the entire cast, I drafted various Star Wars: Action Fleet and Jonny Quest figures to fill in as the missing crew. Based on the original Alien, a masterpiece of science fiction and horror, this Micro Machines set is sure to deliver thrills and chills! Let's check it out after the break...

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Action Figure Review: Red Hood from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

    Today I'm checking out the third figure in Mattel's final series of DC Comics Multiverse figures and it's a character I've wanted to see in Mattel's DCUC/ Multiverse line for years: Jason Todd as the Red Hood. One of the main members of the Bat-family, Red Hood has been a key player in the DC Universe for years though he hasn't gotten much attention toy wise. DC Collectibles just released their DC Essentials Red Hood a month or so ago and Mattel's has been hitting shelves for around the same amount of time. The last series of DC Multiverse figures really does fill in some gaps in the Bat-family, so it's a welcome series, although it does have lots of little weird issues that just seem like very Mattel things to do. For instance: Red Hood doesn't come with pistols. Now, let's think about how little sense that makes since the Red Hood's primary weapons are pistols. He always carries and uses pistols. If Mattel had made some better choices and had a bit better character selection over the past few years, maybe things might have been different. Starting in 2020 McFarlane Toys is going to be making the DC figures we see at mainstream retail. For now, though, let's see how Mattel's Red Hood fares. Join me after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Lak Sivrak from Star Wars: The Power of the Force by Hasbro

    I love pulling out random figures of on-screen monsters and such for The 31 Days of Toy Terror and since this year's installment, The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror, is all about monsters and such from movies, I'm really getting the chance to check out some of my favorite Star Wars creatures. Today I'm checking out one of the figures from Kenner's Star Wars: The Power of the Force II line: The Shistavanen wolfman Lak Sivrak! I distinctly recall getting this figure, along with a few others, back at a Service Merchandise on a rainy evening back in 1998. My mother had taken me out to dinner and we were checking out the local Service Merchandise when I stumbled upon quite a few new Star Wars figures. Jackpot! As a middle schooler at the time, a Friday night not spent at a friend's house consisted of watching some Nick at Nite, playing with Star Wars figures, a little N64, and staying up late to watch Cartoon Network. That being, said, back to Lak Sivrak: Despite being released for the first time in 1998, after the Special Editions had been released, Lak Sivrak was actually cut from the film! Yup! A new alien, the Pacithhip, Ketworl, took his place. Lak Sivrak still lives on in our hearts, however, and in the Expanded Universe/ Legends continuity. Wait, in the EU he actually died at the Battle of Endor while piloting an X-Wing fighting against the Empire. He's still alive in the New Canon, though, hanging out with his love, Dice Ibegon. Let's check out a spooky space Wolfman after the break...

Monday, October 14, 2019

Action Figure Review: The Punisher from Marvel Legeneds Series:

    It's no insult to Hasbro's Marvel Legends, as they've continued to be excellent this year, but I haven't purchased one since Captain Marvel back in February. I was checking out GameStop a few weeks ago and I stumbled upon the new Fan Channel exclusive of the Punisher, which I just had to pick up. What can I say? I have a weakness for Punisher figures. They usually look really cool and feature lots of great accessories. This version also reminds me of a cross between the Punisher, Solid Snake, and Snake Plissken. That was enough to sell me on it right there. The Fan Channel exclusives tend to show up directly at sites targeting fans like BBTS, Entertainment Earth, and Hasbro Pulse or in retail at places like GameStop. They don't have build-a-figure parts with them as they're sold as individual releases rather as in series. Let's check out this new version of Frank Castle after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Wampa #60 from Star Wars Miniatures by Wizards of the Coast

    It's time for another sci-fi creature to make an appearance in The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror and this time it's another Star Wars creature: The Wampa! Back in 2004 I was nuts about Wizards of the Coasts' Star Wars Miniatures game. I got really into the first series, Rebel Storm and while I did play the game, and actually had a few friends who started playing it, too, I was mostly interested in the miniatures. Collecting a full set of these guys was really difficult. The booster packs were $12.99 each, which seemed a bit pricier at the time, and each included seven miniatures. While six of the miniatures were common or uncommon army builder figures, one of them was guaranteed to be a Rare or Very Rare. The Wampa is a Very Rare and was one of my most anticipated figures. I still love this guy and, as always, I'm still a firm believer in the validity of vicious snow creatures always having a place during the Halloween season. Ready for a look at this cool Wampa minifigure? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Action Figure Review: Carbon Series from Overwatch: Ultimates by Hasbro

 I've been so busy getting reviews ready for The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror that it's taken me nearly a month to get my review together for the Overwatch: Ultimates Carbon Series 4-pack, but here it finally is! GameStop had two exclusives for the Overwatch: Ultimates series hit: Lucio (Bitrate) and this boxed set of four figures in their Carbon Fiber and Midnight variant outfits. This is an interesting set as you're getting one figure from series 1 (Pharah), two figures from series 2 (Zarya and Genji), and one new figure that hasn't yet seen a standard release (D.Va). It's a nice mixture but I did have one big disappointment upon opening this set: The three previously released characters are missing some accessories from their prior releases. You're actually getting less stuff with this release than you get with the regular or 2-pack releases of these characters. Genji is missing his alternate gesturing left hand, Zarya is missing her alternate fists, and Pharah is missing her alternate fists and the display stand (though it could be argued that it's Mercy's accessory). It's weird that Hasbro chose to not include the alternate hands here. Still, it's a nice looking set and offers up some great color combinations for the crew. It's also been on sale a couple of times since I picked it up, meaning some folks have gotten it for $40 bucks instead of the standard $80.  Let's check out the set after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Freddy Krueger from Toony Terrors by NECA

    Guess who's making an appearance today for The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror?  That's right: Freddy Krueger from NECA's new Toony Terrors line! Easily one of the most recognizable of the modern movie monsters, Freddy Krueger definitely transcends the films he is in and has become a bona fide pop culture icon. Seriously, despite the fact that it's been almost a decade since the remake and 16 years since the last film in the main series, Freddy Krueger is probably still recognizable to most kids, even those who haven't seen any of the films. I grew up surrounded by Freddy Krueger despite never having seen any of the movies until at least my late teens. Still, we had Freddy on random kids toys, Freddy on television, Halloween costumes galore, and even Freddy hawking 1-900 numbers to tell you scary stories. Yup. Anyways, despite really only liking the third and first movies in the series, I've always had a soft spot for the character and I was intrigued by NECA's Toony Terrors line. The idea here is to take the modern movie monsters and design them in such a way as to make them look like they were part of a 1980s Saturday morning cartoon. Imagine Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and Chucky all running around and... I don't know, solving mysteries or something. Seriously, how crazy would that have been? Considering the number of cartoons based on R-rated properties we had back in the day, I can't believe it never happened. Anyways, let's check out NECA's Toony Terrors Freddy Krueger after the break...

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Action Figure Review: Orko from Masters of the Universe by Super7

   I love Orko! Believe me, I absolutely dig the early minicomics and the Frazetta inspired burliness of the early MOTU line, and I really appreciate the more nuanced storyline of the 200x MOTU series, but, as I've gotten a bit older, if you ask me to picture MOTU in my mind, I'm picturing Prince Adam, Cringer, and Orko hanging out and doing something goofy. I definitely love nearly every area of Masters of the Universe but there's just something wholesome, fun, and carefree about the Filmation cartoons that warms my heart and just gives me an overall better sense of well being. Orko is such a fun character and while he has a long history in MOTU toys, Super7 may have just made the best Orko toy ever made. This Orko is from Super7's neo-vintage Masters of the Universe line which is intended to give Filmation styled versions of vintage styled toys. This Orko can work in your vintage line but I really think he'd be a darn fine MOTUC Orko as well. Let's check out one of the most fun Super7 MOTU toys after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Pennywise (Well House) from It by NECA

   Since writing a review for each of October's 31 Days is rather time consuming, I do start writing these as early as July. Today I'm checking out NECA's Well House version of Pennywise from It and, as of writing this, I just saw a Thursday night preview of It: Chapter II last night. By now I'm guessing anyone who cares to has seen the film. Wow, right? The casting of the adult versions of the Losers was some of the best casting I've ever seen. Uncanny, really. Of course, Pennywise had lots of creepy new disguises as well. NECA hasn't really shown any new figures for the second film yet but I'm hoping that by the time you're reading this something has floated up from them, even if it's just some news about new toys or something. This version of Pennywise is from the middle parts of the first film, particularly from the scene where the Losers watch the film on the projector and from the first time the Losers go to the old Well House 29 Neibolt Street. While the general body is the same as the original figure, GameStop exclusive, and Dancing Clown versions, the multiple new portraits are what will get your attention here. As always, NECA does excellent work with the different Pennywise visages and fans will probably end up wanting all of them. Let's check out Pennywise (Well House) after the break...

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Kroenen from Hellboy by Mezco

    While currently Mezco is mostly known for One:12 Collective and the Living Dead Dolls, there was a point in time where they released an eclectic mix of action figure lines based on their own unique properties as well as film and comic based lines. One of my favorite properties Mezco worked with is Hellboy. They did action figures for both of the Guillermo del Toro films and a decent range of action figures based on the Mike Mignola comics as well. Today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror features Karl Ruprecht Kroenen, a surgery addicted Nazi with a clockwork heart. Kroenen was one of the most interesting villains in a film filled with interesting looking villains and Mezco put him in the first series and the 1.5 series. I've never been able to get my hands on the 1.5 Kroenen but I did manage to track down a series 1 Kroenen about a decade or so back. He's a really creepy figure, plus he gives you an evil, occult, piece of trash Nazi for Hellboy to fight. Ready for a really creepy and evil installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Action Figure Review: Tomatohead from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

    Series 2 of Jazwares' Fortnite: Legendary Series figures began shipping early last month and, oddly, not every figure seemed to be released at the same time. DJ Yonder came out first with Tomatohead and Leviathan shortly after. Jonesy and Abstrakt showed up near the end of September/ early October and, as of now, Valkyrie is nowhere to be found. Weird, huh? I've been seeing cases at Wal-Mart that have DJ Yonder, Tomatohead, Leviathan, and Jonesy, but no Abstrakt. Anyways, Tomatohead. Yup! These guys just get stranger and stranger. Apparently an employee of a pizzeria (maybe a delivery person?), Tomatohead's real name just might be Uncle Pete. He's well armed for sure, and makes another really out there figure for this collection. Ready to check him out? Then join me after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Saurod from Masters of the Universe by Mattel

   Most folks would not consider 1987's Masters of the Universe to be a standout in horror cinema. Or sci-fi cinema. Or any cinema, really. Yeah, the movie just ain't that popular. It has flaws, no doubt, but I do really like the movie. It scared me as a kid, however. Skeletor really did. Frank Langella is awesome in the movie and, fortunately, Super7 is finally working on an action figure of the character for the Masters of the Universe Classics line. There are some other cool creature designs for the film, too, and one of those is Saurod. Played by Pons Maar, Saurod is one of the new Evil Warriors introduced in the film (part of the "Curious Quartet") and one of the few figures from the film to get an action figure in the vintage MOTU toyline. For being a movie made for the purpose of selling toys, Mattel sure didn't put a lot of effort into giving the film a robust toyline. Blade, Gwildor, and Saurod were all we got. Since I like the movie, love MOTU and Saurod, and love going off the beaten path for 31 Days of Toy Terror, today we're checking out my original childhood vintage MOTU Saurod figure. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Action Figure Review: Red Hood from DC Essentials by DC Collectibles

    Today I'm reviewing an action figure from... DC Collectibles? Yes, that's right: DC Collectibles? Man, where have they been? The last time I reviewed a DC Collectibles figure was January of 2019. If you looked at the toys I had on preorder a few years ago you would probably have seen a huge percentage of it was from DC Collectibles, but over the past few years they've been marching towards irrelevancy. Over the past few years they've cancelled way too much of the product they solicited and now they're mostly releasing their DC Essentials line. The DC Essentials line has been out for a couple of years now but it's mostly been characters who have had multiple releases. Of course, when I saw that DC Essentials was putting out a Red Hood I had to preorder him. Jason Todd is one of my favorite DC characters (he's easily my favorite "Robin") and there was never a great standard Red Hood. The Red Hood and the Outlaws figure was pretty good but he had those weird arm blades that Red Hood barely ever wore in the comics, and the Arkham Knight Red Hood is incredible but he's definitely not a traditional version of the character. This guy was going to be my stand in on my Mattel shelf...but guess what? Mattel went and released an actual Red Hood in the last series of DC figures they're putting out after having the license for 19 flipping years (they released this version, too, but it's not his most well known look). So that's how I ended up with two Red Hood figures within one week. We'll start with checking out DC Collectibles' Red Hood, and I'll probably get to Mattel's later this week or early next. Let's check out how ol' Jason is faring after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Spawn from Spawn: The Movie by McFarlane Toys

   I'm sticking with the 1990s for today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror, more specifically the year 1997. Whether you were a toy collector or a comic fan, Spawn was a big deal that year. While today superhero films are essentially a genre of their own, it's interesting that so many of the comic movies in the late 1990s and earlier 2000s were essentially horror films. The market for comic book films themselves just wasn't as receptive then as it is today so studios used comic books with a horror basis to get crossover appeal. Bring in both comic fans and horror buffs. it worked for awhile and did lead to some petty solid films like the Blade trilogy, Hellboy, Constantine, and, the subject of today's review, Spawn. Spawn might not be the best of movies but it was kind of cool for the time. The toys were also pretty remarkable. Around 6 years ago in a review of the Jessica Priest figure from the film, I spoke about receiving this figure of Spawn for my fourteenth birthday from a friend. I've always held on to him; while I've never been a huge Spawn fan, I've always loved this toyline. Let's take a look at a representative from the horror/ comic surge of the 1990s after the break...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Action Figure Review: Modulok D from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

 Today I'm checking out the third and final figure from Super7's PowerCon 2019 offerings for the Masters of the Universe ReAction line and this time it's Modulok with both heads and all four legs. Super7 called this version of Modulok version D which was a little odd as version A and version B had been released, but we had no version C. Version C, which is a slight variant of this release, has actually been released as a NYCC 2019 exclusive, along with a Top Toys variant Modulok with green arms. This version, however, it based on the vintage Modulok figure from Mattel. While Modulok could have an endless number of combinations, this version shows a pretty standard look: Two arms, four legs, a tail, and two heads. It's not a perfect recreation of the vintage toy but it's fairly close and definitely makes for an interesting retro styled action figure. Let's check out Modulok D after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Velociraptor from Jurassic Park by Kenner

   The 1990s aren't always remembered as one of the best times for horror cinema but they definitely had their moments, particularly in regards to creature films. While it's usually remembered as more of a sci-fi adventure film, Jurassic Park definitely scared quite a few folks and absolutely borrowed plenty of key elements from the horror genre to thrill audiences in 1993. I was 9 when the film came out, so I feel like I was the perfect age for Jurassic Park and thus I also had lots of the Kenner action figures. Kenner managed to combine evergreen appeal of dinosaur toys with the frenzy of a Steven Spielberg summer blockbuster to create an incredibly popular toyline! This Velociraptor is one of my original Jurassic Park toys and she's getting a spot on The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror! Enjoy one of the best onscreen menaces in all of cinema...

Monday, October 7, 2019

Action Figure Review: Panthor from Masters of the Universe Action Vinyls by The Loyal Subjects

    The cats from The Loyal Subjects' Masters of the Universe vinyls came out a few months ago or more but my standard Panthor just arrived in the mail within the last few weeks. I've had the flocked Panthor for a few months now but I've been looking forward to this one as I was disappointed that the flocking on that figure covered the facial features completely. This guy shows off all of the nice sculpted detail, however, and I kind of like him a bit more. Let's check out the standard Panthor vey, very briefly after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Bossk from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Kenner

   While most of the entries for The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror are based off of your standard movie monsters, both classic and modern, I always like to throw some twists and turns into the mix, too. While you may not think of the Star Wars films immediately when you think of horror films, there certainly are plenty of frightening creatures in the series. While I wasn't born until 1983, I definitely remember having Star Wars book and records sets that I was frightened of and of seeing the various clips from the series used for frightening effect in Muppet Babies, so when I was little Star Wars was definitely a little bit frightening. Creatures and aliens always make for good Halloween fare, no? Today I'm checking out a vintage Kenner Bossk from The Empire Strikes back. Bossk is one of my favorites and the Kenner figure has always been one of my favorites from the vintage Star Wars line. He's just such a cool figure and as one of the first figures from Kenner's The Empire Strikes Back line, he really shows off the advancements in sculpting and paint Kenner made during those early years. Let's check out this Trandoshan Bounty Hunter after the break...

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mantenna (Toy Variant) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   For PowerCon 2019 Super7 released a few variant of members of the Evil Horde based on their vintage toy counterparts. I looked at Grizzlor on Friday and today I'm checking out Mantenna! The Filmation based Mantenna ReAction figure was released a few months ago but now we've got one based on the vintage toy. Mantenna is one of two vintage Masters of the Universe toys that I somehow owned two of as a kid. I feel like I somehow stumbled upon a second one at a playground or something as my second vintage Mantenna has always been very, very rough looking (my original Mantenna is not, as I took pretty good care of my toys). Let's take a look at this repaint of Mantenna and see how he measures up over the break.

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Bride of Frankenstein from Universal Monsters ReAction by Funko

    For today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror, let's travel all the way back to 1935 for a trip to the movies! Today's feature: Bride of Frankenstein! Bride of Frankenstein is James Whale's 1935 sequel to the original Frankenstein and is often considered to be the superior film. Starring Elsa Lanchester as the titular Bride, this film is one of the prime films in the Universal Monsters canon featuring one of the most visually iconic characters to appear in horror cinema. Funko released the Bride back in 2014 in their Universal Monsters ReAction line and while I've owned the entire series of figures since they first came out, this year I'm making a concerted effort to finish reviewing the entire series. Let's check out the Bride of Frankenstein after the break...

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Action Figure Review: Mer-Man from Masters of the Universe by Super7

   Super7 is back with another series of their neo-vintage Masters of the Universe figures inspired by the Filmation cartoon series and let me tell you that this one is my favorite series yet. Unfortunately, this is one of the many current MOTU lines that is going to have to disappear next year so that Mattel's own Masters of the Universe Origins line doesn't have to deal with competition, so scarf these up while you can if you're interested. First up is Mer-Man, and what a great choice he is! Mer-Man looked very different in the Filmation cartoon from his toy appearance and Super7 captured him nicely. Let's check out what a vintage Mattel Filmation Mer-Man might have looked like after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Electronic Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: The Return of the King by Toy Biz

    One of the things I love about 31 Days of Toy Terror is that it really gives me a chance to go back and grab some really cool, random figures from the past. Last Christmas I showed off my 12 favorite toylines of all time and one of those lines was Toy Biz's incredible The Lord of the Rings line based on the Peter Jackson trilogy from 2001-2003. Toy Biz released an incredible and long running line of toys based on the film. Not only did Toy Biz release a ton of figures, they also released lots of trolls, orcs, goblins, and other evil beings from the world of Middle Earth. Being a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan, this was a dream come true. The Lord of The Rings films have some incredible creature designs and frightening moments to them and one of the most interesting to me is the Eye of Sauron. While the books speak about the Eye of Sauron, the film had to find a way to convey the literal presence of Sauron during the War of the Ring so they went with an actual giant eye. So that's what we're checking out with today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The giant, flaming eye of a dark lord! Let's check out the Electronic Eye of Sauron after the break...

Friday, October 4, 2019

Action Figure Review: Grizzlor (Toy Variant) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

 Today I'm checking out the first of the three PowerCon 2019 exclusive Masters of the Universe ReAction figures: Grizzlor in his vintage toy colors. Grizzlor was originally released in the MOTU ReAction line over the summer with a figure that looked more like the the Filmation cartoon version. This is just a repaint but fans of the vintage toyline version will definitely gravitate to this one. I mean, he's still got the "sculpt" of the Filmation character (more werewolf, less Critters) but the yellow and red Horde chest straps will automatically take you back. Let's take a quick peak at this variant after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Ghost Face from ReAction Horror Series by Funko

    It's been a few years since I last reviewed one of the figures from the ReAction Horror Series by Funko, but the things of the past always tend to make a come-back during the Halloween season, don't they? For today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror I'm taking a look at one of the top horror icons of the 1990s: Ghost Face! I've never been a big fan of the Scream series, though it is impossible to not recognize the influence of the film on the horror genre. The Ghost Face costume (usually just written as Ghostface), while simple, also has become a staple of Halloween costumes. While the Reaction Horror Series only released one series of figures, they did manage to get to most of the major players. Let's take a look at Funko's attempt at Ghostface after the break...

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Action Figure Review: Horde Zombie He-Man from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel

    Back in early September I reviewed the first of the PowerCon 2019 exclusive Masters of the Universe Classics items from Mattel and now, just a little under a month later, I'm checking out the second: Horde Zombie He-Man! Based on the 1985 minicomic "Escape from the Slime Pit" that was packaged with the Slime Pit playset, this variant of the Most Powerful Man in the Universe represents He-Man after being taken over by the evil power of the slime. MOTUC fans have been wanting this guy for a long time and Mattel has finally delivered (although Super7 beat them to the punch with a ReAction figure of the variant). Horde Zombie He-Man is an honest to goodness MOTUC figure, though (which is my favorite toyline of all time), so I'm thrilled to have this guy on my shelf. Let's check him out after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Ultimate Laurie Strode from Halloween by NECA

    The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror isn't just about the monsters and maniacs of the silver scream! Sometimes it's also about those brave souls that have to hunt them down and take them down! Today I'm checking out NECA's Ultimate Laurie Strode from Halloween 2018 and, let me tell you, this has been one of my most anticipated action figures of the year. I love Halloween and I was quite pleased with last year's film, so getting a chance at Laurie Strode based on Jamie Lee Curtis' appearance as a one-woman Michael Myers hunting machine was not something I was going to pass up. While I'd really love to see NECA at least go back and make Laurie and a new version of Dr. Loomis from the original film, this version of Laurie Strode is still a very welcome addition to any horror collection. Any Halloween film with Jamie Lee Curtis in it has definitely proven to be among the better/ best entries in the series, so I have high hopes for Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. I've had this figure since the summer and it has killed me to wait this long to post a review but I wanted to make sure that The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror was a thrilling and as special as it could be. Ready for a closer look at Laurie Strode? Then join me after the break...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Action Figure Review: Katana from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

 Today I'm checking out the second figure I found from the newest (and last) series of Mattel's DC Comics Multiverse figures: Katana! Katana has been around since July of 1983 (which makes her just a little older than me) and with her connections to Batman through the Outsiders and the Birds of Prey, plus her ever-growing role in media outside of comics, it's wild that it took Mattel this long to release a comic based Katana figure (though they did release one based on the Suicide Squad film). That was one of the weird things about Mattel's time with the DC license, though: DC Superheroes was doing a great job of mixing up Batman and Superman allies, then DCUC began giving us great classic figures before overloading us on modern Green Lantern characters. DC Multiverse delivered mostly media based, modern, and Elseworld's figures without going back and filling in gaps, yet somehow key Batman allies and villains like Katana, Red Hood, Alfred Pennyworth, Commissioner Gordon, Bluebird, Oracle, Hush, and others never got touched until the last series. When you're talking about the DC Universe we all have our favorites (I'd take Jack Kirby related characters, thew New Gods, and the Doom Patrol all day long) but Batman characters always seem to sell like hotcakes. Fortunately Mattel did go out giving us a whole series of great Batman characters, so that's something to be thankful for. Let's check out Katana after the break and see how she stands!

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: The Wolfman from Universal Monsters ReAction by Funko

    For today's installment of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror we're going to be visiting the misty village of Llanwelly, Wales to sneak a peak at the Wolfman! While most of the classic Universal Monsters movies are good, the Wolfman is easily one of the best. While it has fantastic atmosphere and an excellent creature design for the Wolfman, Lon Chaney Jr.'s performance as Larry Talbot is just so darn likeable that you immediately sympathize with the character. Chaney played the character in 1941's The Wolfman and in four sequels, including the excellent Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. If you have kids who are interested in some spooky yet fun movies for the Halloween season, the Abbott & Costello films are excellent. Of course, this figure is definitely based on the original classic film. This Wolfman is from Funko's 2014 Universal Monsters ReAction line. I reviewed a few of these the year they came out and I just might finish reviewing the line this year. Let's check out this vintage styled Wolfman after the break...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Action Figure Review: Beast Man (Leo) from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

    Since the main focus of today is the kick-off of The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror, this review of Super7's Masters of the Universe ReAction Beast Man in his Leo Toys colors is going to be a short one. Leo Beast Man is a simple variant like the recently released Leo Skeletor and Faker that utilizes the colors of the vintage Indian releases of the characters. It's a slightly different Beast Man variant and one that I almost skipped, but I don't actually have the early Beast Man release, so I went ahead and snagged this one. He's a pretty minor variant but still an interesting addition to the collection and a conversation piece if you hang around a cool crowd (which would be any crowd interested in international 1980s Masters of the Universe variant action figures). Let's check out the Leo Beast Man after the break...

The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Pennywise (The Dancing Clown) from It by NECA

    October 1st has come around again and you know what that means: It's time for another 31 Days of Toy Terror! Since this year's theme is centered on horror characters from film, I thought I'd start off with a review of one of the current stars of horror cinema: Pennywise! 2017's It is one of the most popular horror films in recent memory, and I think it is safe to say that a lot of the film's popularity has to do with Bill Skarsgård's portrayal of the demonic clown Pennywise. Since my goal is to do one horror toy review for each day in October I actually start writing these early but, by the time you're reading this we've all undoubtedly seen It: Chapter 2. I'm sure NECA will release multiple Pennywise figures based on that film in the future, but today's review is of NECA's fourth Pennywise release from the original film. NECA calls this release Pennywise (The Dancing Clown) and it includes some of the most complex alternate portraits they've released yet with a Pennywise figure. If you dig scary action figures, the It line has been a real treat over the past year or so. Ready to clown around with Pennywise on this first day of October? Then join me after the break...